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PhotoPhilanthropy promotes and connects photographers with nonprofit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change.

The PhotoPhilanthropy community is a place for photographers and nonprofit organizations to come together – to connect, to tell their stories, show their work, exchange ideas, find opportunities and research financial support for their efforts. Photography today is an accessible and universal tool with great impact. PhotoPhilanthropy offers a transformational opportunity to personally engage in these powerful and inspirational stories.

PhotoPhilanthropy is a photography organization with expertise in using images that help nonprofits advocate for their cause, and uniting photographers and nonprofits to tell powerful stories of social change. Many photographers, ranging from professionals to students, seek ways to effect social change. Many nonprofits working to drive social change are better served to tell their stories through the use of high quality photography.

We believe that by building effective partnerships, photographers and nonprofits can help drive that change. PhotoPhilanthropy is founded on the shared passion for change among nonprofits, photographers and an engaged public and our programs are designed to reflect this passion and to provide our stakeholders with a framework, resources and support to realize their collective vision for change.

We address critical social and environmental issues by providing photographers and nonprofits with the resources to work together to create images that drive social change around the world.

We are governed by a set of core values that shape our culture, define the character of our organization and guide how we behave and how we make decisions.

We are idealistic, bold thinkers obsessed with building a better, stronger and more durable organization to improve communities and ‘move the needle’ on the most important social issues of our time.

Taking personal and organizational responsibility to achieve our goals with a sense of rigor, focus and urgency, we work in a responsive and efficient manner to support our community.

We believe in being ethically unyielding, respectful, open and honest to inspire trust in our community, and ensure alignment between our actions and our beliefs.


Shoka Javadiangilani, Managing Director
Shoka Javadiangilani has worked at the intersection of photography and social issues for the past fifteen years and has committed her career to exploring how we perceive and interact with images. After working as a photographer in her native Texas she moved to New York where she spent the next seven years at Magnum Photos. As head of Special Projects she directed global campaigns for the agency and its partners. In recent years she rendered her expertise in helping various independent journalistic initiatives realize their vision and place in the rapidly changing media landscape.

Nadine Wolf, Communications Consultant
Nadine Wolf is passionate about the intersection of human rights, development, and new media. She worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation (FNPI) in Colombia, organizing capacity-building programs for journalists and spearheading a Latin-American network of media development organizations. She designed communication and community outreach strategies for various international nonprofits and business enterprises, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Purpose, and the Jordan Career Education Foundation. Nadine holds a degree in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Science and a Master’s in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. You will spot her cruising around the city on her bike, exploring indie music and jazz jam sessions, or cooking dinner for friends.

Board of Directors

Nancy Richards Farese is the Founder of PhotoPhilanthropy and the Board Chair. Nancy is a social documentary photographer who strives to create evocative and dignified images that document the work of nonprofits in places such as refugee camps in Sudan and Uganda, post-disaster areas such as Haiti and Liberia, and communities addressing severe needs in their own backyards, such as San Francisco and New Orleans. Nancy founded PhotoPhilanthropy in 2009 to promote the work of nonprofits and connect them with photographers in order to encourage more effective visual storytelling. Her work has been featured in Time, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin IJ, and The Financial Times. She regularly shoots for The Carter Center, Mercy Corps, UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee. Nancy is a frequent lecturer and blogger on social entrepreneurship and the role of visual media in nonprofit storytelling. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and 5 children.

Deirdre Atkin Hockett is Co-Founder and Director of Giftlit.com, an online book-of-the month subscription service. Deirdre brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and was formerly Partner and Managing Director at Laurel Management (Hall Capital Partners) where she provided wealth management services for high net worth families and individuals. Previously, Deirdre was with JP Morgan & Co., where she served as Vice President of Private Client Services, advising clients on personal financial management, and Vice President of Corporate Finance, managing large syndicated loans in restructuring and leveraged buy-outs. Deirdre has also dedicated her time to a number of community-based organizations to advance education and has served as Board Member for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Little School (San Francisco), San Francisco School Volunteers and Children’s Garden (San Rafael). Deirdre received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and currently resides in San Francisco.

Tom Reinhart is a former partner and Chief Operating Officer of the private equity firm, TPG Capital. Prior to joining TPG in 1998, Tom was a managing director in Investment Banking at Salomon Smith Barney where he provided financing, merger and acquisition, and restructuring services to a wide variety of companies and private equity firms. Prior to 1990, Tom worked in the Investment Banking departments of Drexel Burnham Lambert & Group, Inc. and LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin. Tom has also been involved over time in a number of community and educational organizations and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He received his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business and his A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Stephen Mayes for over twenty-five years has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in areas as diverse as art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. As creative director, CEO and ambassador for the medium of photography, he has written successful business plans and reshaped operations for American, Asian and European imaging companies. Stephen was Creative Director of eyestorm.com, working with artists such as Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Richard Misrach. As Director of the Image Archive with Art + Commerce, he represented the archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and others. Stephen was part of the founding management team of Getty Images and his work as SVP and Group Creative Director helped to launch the company as the world’s commercially most successful image supplier. He has deep experience in world-shaping photojournalism as Director of Network Photographers in London and, most recently, as CEO of VII in New York, both high-profile co-operatives of leading photojournalists. From 2004 to 2012 he took an annual assignment as Secretary to the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam. He is currently Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust. Often described as a “futurist” Stephen has broadcast, taught and written extensively about the ethics and practice of photography.

Christopher Michel is a photographer, investor, and entrepreneur. Chris is the founder of Affinity Labs, Military.com and Nautilus Ventures. In 1999, he founded Military.com, an online portal for servicemembers, veterans and their families and, in 2006, he founded Affinity Labs, which runs a portfolio of online professional communities. Nautilus Ventures is an active seed fund, having made investments in over 40 companies. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of 3D Robotics, Kixeye, Dale Carnegie, PhotoPhilanthropy, and Tugboat Yards. Chris is also a photographer. His collection includes photographs from unusual locations like the South Pole, Everest, Papua New Guinea, and at the edge of space (aboard a U-2 Spy Plane). His work is prolific and is featured regularly in print and online. He’s also the editor at Explorers.com, a site dedicated to adventure. Chris earned his commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as the distinguished naval graduate. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Chris was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and serves as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he holds an honorary doctorate from Tiffin University.

Robert J. Rosenthal is executive director of The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Robert has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. Robert worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined CIR as executive director in 2008. Before joining the Inquirer in 1979, Robert worked as a reporter for six years at The Boston Globe and three-and-a-half years at The New York Times, where he was a news assistant on the foreign desk and an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer-Prize winning Pentagon Papers project. As a reporter, Robert won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting. Robert was a Pulitzer Prize judge four times. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Advisory Board

Phil Borges, Award Winning Photographer, Humanitarian, Founder of Bridges to Understanding, Stirring The Fire and Blue Earth Alliance
For over twenty years Phil Borges has documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. He has worked on projects with Amnesty International, Discovery and National Geographic. More recently, Phil’s work has included the project Stirring the Fire, a resource devoted to promoting gender equality worldwide. He is the founder of Bridges to Understanding and Blue Earth Alliance. In 2007 American Photo magazine named him as one of the “10 photographers that inspire us.” Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969. He is currently based in Seattle.

David Burnett, Award Winning Photojournalist and Co-Founder of Contact Press Images
David Burnett has worked as a photographer in over 80 countries, documenting the Vietnam War, the coup in Chile (1973), revolution in Iran (1979), famine in Ethiopia (1984), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the US military intervention in Haiti (1994). He is the co-founder of Contact Press Images in 1976, and is a recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal and the World Press Photo “Press Photo of the Year.” A veteran journalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. He is currently based in the New York area.

Valenda Campbell, Director of Photography and Manager of Brand and Creative Productions, CARE International
Valenda Campbell is the director of photography and manager of the brand and creative productions teams for CARE, a leading global humanitarian organization. She conceives and directs photo commissions that put a human face on global poverty, while connecting donors and the public to CARE’s work. In 2004 Valenda created CARE’s partnership with photographer, Phil Borges, to develop the “Women Empowered Project” which led to the publication of the book, Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World, as well as a traveling exhibition and four short documentary films. Before joining CARE in 2001, Campbell was a photojournalist for 15 years.

Lou Desiderio, President and Founder of Synergy Communications, Inc.
Lou Desiderio is the President and Founder of Synergy Communications, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications agency specializing in photography and consumer electronics. Over the last 28 years, Lou has held a number of positions in the photo, technology, and consumer electronics industries, including Editor of StudioPhotography magazine, Public Relations Director at Polaroid Corporation and Olympus America, and Senior Vice President at Saatchi & Saatchi Rowland. Lou established the Desiderio Family Charities to help feed and house the homeless on Long Island.

Richard Koci Hernandez, Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer
Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for his executive producer work on the Mercury News video entitled Uprooted. In 2003, Richard was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Richard is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate and is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Keith Jenkins, Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital
Keith Jenkins is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital, and oversees Society’s online photographic presence and staff. Prior to joining National Geographic, Keith was the former Supervising Senior Producer for Media at NPR. In this role, Keith lead a team of photo editors, videographers and multimedia producers in shaping the editorial vision of NPR’s online content. Prior to joining NPR, he spent 13 years at The Washington Post where he was a staff photographer, photography editor, and Deputy Assistant Managing Editor for Photo. He also was the first photography director at washingtonpost.com and AOL. He began his photography career working for the graphic designer Dietmar R. Winkler, and spent five years as a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Jenkins is a distinguished speaker on photography and multimedia. He has won numerous prizes, including awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association, The University of Missouri, the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Designers, The National Association of Black Journalists, and the Art Director’s Clubs of New York, Boston, and Washington. Jenkins has a law degree from Boston University.

Beth Kanter, Award-winning blogger and author
Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. She is the co-author of two books: The Networked Nonprofit with Allison Fine that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award, and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit with KD Paine. Both books have reached #1 on the list of nonprofit books on Amazon. She was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.”

Ed Kashi, Award-winning photojournalist and member of VII Photo Agency
Ed Kashi, a member of VII Photo Agency, is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Ed is an educator who mentors students of photography, and lectures on photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Along with numerous awards including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Ed’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books.

Nion McEvoy, Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and The McEvoy Group LLC
Nion McEvoy is the Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and The McEvoy Group LLC. Nion joined Chronicle Books in 1986, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the adult trade division until he acquired the company through The McEvoy Group in 2000. The McEvoy Group also includes becker&mayer! LLC, Spin magazine, and McEvoy Media, which publishes 7×7 magazine and California Home & Design. He is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and currently serves on the boards of SFJAZZ, the UCSC Foundation and SFMOMA, where he is Chair of the Photography Accessions Committee. Nion is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law. He has two sons and a daughter, and plays drums in the rock band Rough Draft.

Kristin Morse, Chief Online Marketing and Client Experience Officer for NestWise
Kristin Morse serves as the Chief Online Marketing and Client Experience Officer for NestWise, a financial services start-up focused on providing financial planning and advice to the under-served middle class. Kristin has more than 20 years of general management, product management and marketing experience in financial services and eCommerce – in both large corporations and start-ups. She has worked at companies such as McKinsey and Charles Schwab, and is committed to providing the information and resources that empower individuals to make positive changes in their financial lives.

Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sandra Phillips is Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, responsible for organizing numerous critically-acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography, including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Diane Arbus Revelations, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastião Salgado. Sandra was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. Sandra holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and a B.A. from Bard College.

Chris Rainier, National Geographic Society Fellow who has spent his career documenting endangered cultures and traditional language loss
Over the course of his 30-year career in photography, Chris has completed projects for The United Nations, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Conservation International, Smithsonian Institution, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and the National Geographic Society. During his tenure with the National Geographic Society, Chris co-founded the Enduring Voices Language Preservation Project and the All Roads Photography Program. Chris also lectures throughout the world on the use of modern technology to preserve ancient cultural stories and language. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award of the Explorer’s Club for his efforts on cultural preservation, and he was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London.

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